What is the perpose and intent of Linux and its "community"?
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What is the perpose and intent of Linux and its "community"?
I know mostly nothing about Linux, I have used it briefly, and I find that there seems to be many disagreeable and debatable points pertaining to the whole system. I'm not referring to security problems or software holes, but rather, what is the purpose and intend of the system and community as a whole? I have not posted my opinions in this post.
As a noob myself, I'm not sure how much right I have to comment on such a heavy topic, but I will try anyway.
The basic idea is to provide a free OS with free sowftware. The OS and sowftware is Open Sorce (anyone can modify and change providing they follow set rules), which allows for rapid growth. In return for this system and software, users are encoraged to contribute by doing anything from writing software to reporting bugs to spreadding the word about linux.
The community is people who use this software and help other users. Ideas are exchanged and inovation is taken from discussion to the source code. Further development and increased user numbers while staying true to the principals of the open source community seems to be the ultamate goal.
Thats my two cents. Google the history of Linux and draw your own conclusions. Its quite amazing to read about.
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Distribution: K/Ubuntu 12.04/14.04, Scientific Linux 6.3/6.4, Android-x86, Pretty much all distros at one point...
It isn't necessarily about a "free" as in price OS, and software, as much as a free as in Speech OS and software.
Linux is about taking back control over your computing. M$ has forced their idea of computing on people, and Linux is a way to rebel against that and change it for the future...
It's one of the reasons I scoff every time I see their commercials with the line drawings saying they are committed to bringing people the solutions they want... Well, the solutions are the ones that M$ wants, not that we want.
M$ has a plan to make software a rented commodity rather than a purchased one. Part of it is their future plans for ActiveX-like technology as a replacement for retail distribution. Of course that will come with a payday for M$...
So you can say the cachae of Linux is about the feeling that we own our computers again. On top of that you can pile the price point, the virus resistant features of the OS, the spyware free nature of the OS, and it's configurability (Linux is more like the "junk car" of the 21st century).
Originally posted by skiler89
How has Microsoft forced its idea of computing on people, they were not forced to buy the sofware?
That's arguable ... from my professional experience in quite
a few medium to big companies I can assure you that once
ONE major business parter chose to upgrade their Office
product, and they exchange their documents the other will
go an upgrade the product as well (often together with the
OS because of interdependencies) rather than keeping
to ask the sender to resend it in a readable format. Clever
of M$ to change their document format all the time, neh? :)
Distribution: Ubuntu 11.4,DD-WRT micro plus ssh,lfs-6.6,Fedora 15,Fedora 16
yeah... but most people will stick whith what's already on the computer when they buy it.. which is usually windows... there are not to many major sellers of computers that will sell you a pre built computer without an OS, and more often than not it's windows, so yes... you are basically forced to get windows (unless you build your own system). and yes... there are people who sell linux boxes, but that's not common as far as i can tell.
Everything is written to run on Microsoft (at least thoes programs by corperations, excluding Sun and a few others) for one thing.
As a basic zero computer knowlege user, would you rather run a program written by John Doe in Tiny Village, Sweden (no offence ment in any way) or a corperation with 10000 emplyees behind it. The investigation as to which runs better or what features each has in never questioned.